Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tea Time Devotional

Photo credit :Finch Rest

I took some time for myself for a tea respite yesterday. As I enjoyed the sun on our back patio near the garden I read some of this wonderful devotional that I received from a dear tea "sister" friend. 

Tea Time With God - A Devotional
Published by  - HB Honor Books 

This wonderful book may be found here.
It really makes the perfect gift!
                  (This is not a paid endorsement,  just wanted to give proper credit where due.)

 Here is an excerpt from it I wanted to share today:

~~~An Open Door~~~

          One warm summer afternoon a woman was attending the baptism of her grandniece in a great old stone church in the English countryside. The massive doors of the church were flung wide to allow the warm sunshine into the chilly stone structure.

           As she sat enjoying the ritual, a small bird flew in through the open doors. Full of fear, it flew backward and forward near the ceiling, looking in vain for a way out into the sunshine. Seeing the light coming through the dark stained glass windodows, it flew to one, then the next, and finally back toward the ceiling. It continued flying about in this way for several minutes, quickly exhausting its strength in frenzied panic.
          The woman watched the bird with concern and frustration. How foolish he was not to fly back out the same door through which he had entered!
           Nearly ready to fall to the floor, the bird made a final lunge for one of the large rafters. Suddenly realizing he was in no immediate danger, he hopped a little on the beam, turned around and then saw the open door. Without hesitation he flew out into the sunshine, loudly singing a joyful song as he went.
            The bird had captivated the woman's imagination. Suddenly she realized that she was like the bird. She had flitted about, trying to live a "good" life of noble works without recognizing that the door of salvation had been open to her all the time! She then understood to avoid flying errantly into places that offered no hope of eternal life, she need only stop flapping and be still in the Lord's presence. From that vantage point she could better see the door of grace that He had prepared for her.

During your tea time break today let your spirit
fly up to a high safe place and sit with the Lord.

He will show you how to fly out of your current problems.

Thank you for your visit.

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